Hongkong Telecom

Not alone

In these columns on June 19, R. T. B. Barrie of Sha Tin asked whether it was right for a public utility (Citybus) in Hong Kong to be wholly foreign-owned.

Saturday, 26 June, 1999, 12:00am

Telecom ringing up undue interests on deposits

I would like to warn people who want to retrieve their deposits from Hongkong Telecom.

I closed my account with 1010 on May 18 and was told it would take a couple of weeks for the deposit to be refunded.

10 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Hongkong Telecom result

Hongkong Telecom's net profit fell 32.4 per cent in the year to March - the first decline in its 74-year history. The figure was distorted by a one-time government payout of $6.7 billion for ending the company's monopoly on international direct dial services. Excluding this gain, the drop was 7.7 per cent.

8 May 1999 - 12:00am

Wrong line

Tsui Kit-ching, 39, ex-acting unit manager of the directory inquiries service of Hongkong Telecom, was put on probation for 12 months and also ordered to pay $1,000 costs at Sha Tin Court for obtaining subscribers' personal data for a debt collector.

30 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Police step in as crowds besiege mobile phone stunt

Police were called to Mongkok yesterday as hundreds jostled to collect free lunches handed out in a publicity stunt by a mobile phone company seeking new customers.

The shouting and shoving for cup noodles and health drinks became so intense that police told Hongkong Telecom to stop handing them out.

2 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

New T&T adds to fee row with HKT

New T&T is countersuing rival Hongkong Telecom for withholding payment of delivery fees in the latest round of hostilities between two of Hong Kong's biggest competitors.

6 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

HKT sues rivals for $426m in 'wrong' profits from international calls

Hongkong Telecom is suing two of its biggest rivals for $426.5 million, alleging they wrongly profited from a re-routing of incoming international calls.

The company last night said it had filed high court writs against New World Telephone and Wharf's telecoms arm New T&T.

4 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

IDD call prices to dip as 31 firms win bulk-sale licences

Customers could soon be paying close to cost price for overseas calls, with at least 31 companies winning IDD licences.

Director-General of Telecommunications Wong Sik-kei said more than 70 applications for International Simple Resale (ISR) had been received since January 1 when Hongkong Telecom's monopoly ended.

14 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Overseas call rates to dive

THE cost of international telephone calls is expected to be slashed as early as tomorrow, after the termination of Hongkong Telecom's monopoly.

Other companies are expected to follow Telecom's move, bringing rates down across the board.

3 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Telecoms rings in the changes

POOR old Hongkong Telecom. For years the company has been forced to send tonnes of glossy special offers, garbled details of bonus point plans and ever-more intricate bills.

The impression has been one of a company completely baffled by the tricky issue of how to spend its outrageous profits.

3 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Telecom staff prepared for work-to-rule

Hongkong Telecom workers will work to rule if the Government fails to help solve differences with management over a pay deal, a union said yesterday.

Fung Ping-kwong, treasurer of Cable & Wireless (HK) Ltd Staff Association, will ask the Labour Department today to help with negotiations.

20 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Telecom staff split over pay deal

Hongkong Telecom workers are divided over whether to accept a new pay deal or fight it.

Lai Man-wai of the Joint Staff Council, the only company-recognised union, said the package had 'definitely created disunity'.

19 Nov 1998 - 12:00am


Consultant Liu Chun-lok, 37, has worked for Hongkong Telecom for 10 years and earns about $30,000 a month.

18 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Telecom accused of 'mind games'

A bizarre coach tour yesterday sparked claims Hongkong Telecom was using psychological tactics to push through its new pay deal.

The company brought forward its original deadline for negotiations from Friday, setting off speculation it was timed to coincide with the announcement of a record high unemployment rate.

17 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Keeping to guidelines

Only a week after guidelines to protect workers facing pay cuts were hammered out at the Labour Advisory Board, unions are already complaining that one employer seems not to be abiding by these new rules.

31 Oct 1998 - 12:00am